The state of Ukraine celebrated the 30th anniversary of its independence in a very peculiar way. The whole sincerity of the speech by President Zelensky’s about the importance, unity and freedom of all Russian-speaking people living on the territory of temporarily controlled Ukraine and the LDPR can be very clearly traced over the past week.
Thus, literally an hour after the end of the celebrations on the occasion of the Independence Day, the Dnepropetrovsk Regional Administrative Court cancelled the regional status of the Russian language in the region. The resolution states that the support of the Russian language at the regional level does not correspond to the current provisions of Ukrainian legislation, in particular, in the issue of compliance with the law on the mandatory use of the Ukrainian language in all spheres of life.
Another illustration of the importance of Russian-speaking citizens for the Ukrainian authorities is the situation on the Contact line. Thus, representatives of the JCCC recorded 8 cases of violation of the regime of an indefinite ceasefire by Ukraine. In total, 55 pieces of ammunition were fired on the territory of the DPR. As a result of the shelling, two civilians born in 1964 and 1994 were wounded.
Also, the “peaceful” intentions of Ukraine in relation to the inhabitants of the Republics can be seen in the fresh statement of the commander of the armed forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny about the need to prepare for offensive actions “to liberate the occupied territories”.
However, Donbass has long ceased to live with a view to Kiev in the hope that the Ukrainian authorities will fulfil their obligations under the Minsk Agreements. The Republics decide their own destiny. And the best proof of this thesis is the civic position of the inhabitants of the LDPR, their conscious desire and involvement in socio-political processes taking place both inside and outside their Land.
That’s why the Republic began to accept applications for free travel to the Rostov region to participate in the elections. Now residents of the DPR with Russian citizenship can apply for free travel to polling stations in the elections to the State Duma.
Another important event in the life of the Republic this week will be the celebration of the professional holiday of miners, as well as the City Day. The events will take place in Donetsk until August 29. On Saturday will be organized:
– a celebration of blacksmithing skills in the forged figures park;
– on Pushkin Boulevard – an exhibition of flowers, at noon – a competition and entertainment program for children;
– in the Lenin Comsomol park from 16:00 to 21:30 – the festival of jazz music “Donetsk Jazz”, including the Russian pianist, singer and composer Denis Mazhukov;
– in the Central Scherbakov Park of Culture and Leisure at 9:30 – a competition of children’s drawing on the asphalt, an exhibition of masters of arts and crafts, at 16:00 – a concert of Donetsk performers, and at 20:00 – a disco.
On Sunday everyone can visit:
– Celebration of the Theatre Square, which will begin at 14:00 in the square near the Donbass Opera.
– in the Scherbakov park, the events that will begin at 10:00 with the exhibition “City of Craftsmen” and a sports festival, from 11:00 to 16:00 – a festival of national cuisines. Also, the company “Flyboard Rostov” from 13:00 to 13:30 and from 16:00 to 16:30 will show a water show, and at 18:00 a concert will begin with the participation of artists from Russia. The concert will end with fireworks at 21:30.
However, when attending public events, citizens should be extremely careful as the threat of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus is still high. According to official data from the DPR Ministry of Health, 55,506 cases of COVID-19 infection have been recorded in the country at the moment. 6518 patients are in treatment, 4041 cases are fatal.
The Ombudsman calls on residents to remain vigilant and comply with the necessary sanitary and epidemiological standards. For personal safety, it is recommended that you sign up on the Ministry of Health website for vaccinations as soon as possible.
Since the beginning of 2021, the Ombudsman received 2538 complaints.
All received complaints can be divided into nine categories: personal rights – 853 complaints, economic rights – 190 complaints, social rights – 506 complaints; guarantees of human rights in civil, administrative and criminal proceedings – 275 complaints; enforcement of human rights in penitentiary institutions – 84 complaints; enforcement of rights in the field of education – 17 complaints; enforcement of rights in the field of healthcare – 106 complaints; enforcement of rights of mothers, children and families – 31 complaints, issues connected with the political and military situation in DPR – 476 complaints.
The number of appeals (complaints, applications) from citizens, submitted to the Office of DPR Ombudsman as of 27.08.2021
Human rights guarantees in civil, administrative and criminal proceedings
Enforcement of rights in the field of healthcare
Enforcement of human rights in penitentiary institutions
Enforcement of rights of mothers, children and families
Enforcement of rights in the field of education
Issues connected with the political and military situation in DPR
- Death toll, injuries to civilians and soldiers as a result of hostilities in the territory of the Donetsk People`s Republic
The DPR Ombudsman’s Office documents cases of violations of Donbas citizens’ rights by the Ukrainian side, including the right to life, personal integrity and freedom of movement.
Within the period between 21 and 27 August 2021, 2 peaceful citizens were wounded.
Within the period between 1 January and 27 August 2021, in the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic, 81 people sustained injuries and traumas of varying severities as a result of armed aggression by Ukraine: 67 servicemen of the Republic and 14 civilians.
Within the period between 21 and 27 August 2021, no one died.
Within the period between 1 January and 27 August 2021, in the territory of the DPR, 6 civilians and 53 servicemen of the Republic died as a result of armed aggression by Ukraine.
It should be noted that since the armed conflict began in the Donetsk People’s Republic, 5020 people, including 91 children died.
Officially confirmed information on individuals who have been wounded since the beginning of the conflict continues to be reported to the DPR Ombudsman’s Office.
- Register of the prisoners of war, missing soldiers and civilians
According to operational data, as of 27.08.2021, the Ukrainian side detains about 92 people.
As of 27.08.2021, 354 people are on the list of missing persons.
- Register of displaced persons and affected citizens
At the time of armed conflict, the civilian population living in the zone of fighting and near the contact line is often affected. With the view to protect the human right to life and security of the person, and to provide assistance to victims as a result of armed aggression by Ukraine, social housing objects (dormitories, preventative clinics, health care centres).
With the coming into force of the Order of the Head of the Donetsk People’s Republic No. 137 of 24.04.2018, territorial commissions in cities and districts are now responsible for accommodating affected civilians. They work under the supervision of the Republican Commission on Resettlement of Affected Persons chaired by the DPR Human Rights Ombudsman.
There are currently 861 accommodation places in the Donetsk People’s Republic available for citizens of this category. 60 social housing objects have been opened in the territory of DPR. 52 of them operate, 8 of them are held in reserve. Since the beginning of the conflict on the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic, according to updated data, 9242 people, including 2192 children have been registered as persons affected as a result of the conflict. Currently, 1822 people live in social housing objects of the Donetsk People’s Republic, including 310 children, 7420 people live in the housing fund, including 1882 children.